which ipad is best for special needs kids, the iPad mini or iPad2 or 3?

I'm looking at buying an iPad for my daughter with special needs to use for learning as well as assisted communication device. Mini is nice and small, but wondering if too small for her to use. She is 7 years old.

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  • Best Answer:

    The iPad 2 is the one I would recommend. It is cheap, has a large screen and is fast and loaded with IOS 6. The App Store will provide great apps for those with special needs, that will help them learn. You can also buy accessories that go with apps to make it more fun for them. It is also cheaper than the iPad 3. However the iPad 3 does have a retina display (3.1 million pixels!) and twice as fast as the iPad 2 but it is £80 more. The iPad mini is relatively the same as the iPad 2 (technology). It has the same resolution screen and the same power as the iPad 2, only smaller. If you have the extra bit if cash, then get the iPad 2.

    Hope this helped.

    • Answered by Ben F
    • Jan 6, 2013
  • I am going to college to be a teacher, and when I did my student teaching placement in a special education class, the school had a bunch of iPads, and a couple of the students had their own personal iPads. This was before the mini came out, so they had one of the regular sized iPads, I don't know which one though. I would definitely say to get one though because they are amazing for students with special needs.

    My first concern would be behavior, if they have an emotional disability, or other behavior issues, I would maybe try a less expensive model first. In the school I was at they had these big green foam holders too, which might be helpful if there is a concern with behavior. It might also be helpful if they have trouble with fine motor skills. Also, with fine motor skills, since she is 7, she may be a bit clumsy (like all 7 year olds) and drop it, which may be another good reason to go with a less expensive model.

    If possible I would take her to a store to try them, a mini is less expensive, but I would think about if the screen is too small for her to see and or touch. I think what disability(s) she has will influence which one is best for her.

    I would also suggest looking up the app Prologue2go if you want to use it as an assisted communication device. One of my students is deaf and it greatly increased her ability to communicate. The teacher put folders with classwork, and potential answers in it so she could follow along. The teacher also used it as a way for the student to tell the teacher what was happening at home and then she could tell her mom what happened at school.

    • Answered by Dean B from Brockport
    • Jan 6, 2013